Pitino talks Virginia, changes for the Cards

University of Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino talked on Friday about this weekend's game against Virginia and a potential change he will make on defense. Here's a quick story and video from the press conference. The Cardinals play UVA on Saturday at 6:30 p.m.

University of Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino said he is "throwing his hands up," and going to make changes to his defensive philosophy.

Pitino said his team is struggling on defense so much that he was going to "dumb it down," for his Cardinals, who lost to Notre Dame on Wednesday night and will host Virginia tomorrow at 6:30 p.m. at the KFC Yum Center.

U of L is 23-7 and is fighting for fourth place in the ACC.

"I made up my mind," he said. "I've thrown up my hands. Even though it's late in the year, I'm dramatically going to change our system. I've only got a couple days to do it going into the tournament, but when (guard) Chris Jones left, a big part of our defense left.

"Our matchup zone the last four years has confused people. It's confused people on what to run, how to execute, how to handle the changes. But this team, with Chris out, just doesn't play it well. It's based on communication. It's based on knowing the other team's offense. It's based on knowing when you change on the fly. This group doesn't grasp it.

"So we are going to go away from it and, what coaches call, dumb it down a little bit going into the (postseason) tournament."

Pitino didn't elaborate on what changes he might make, only saying he wanted to make things easier for the young kids to understand.

Here's video:

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